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Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah – on the same day

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah – on the same day

This year, thanks to an extremely rare convergence, Thanksgiving falls during the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah. This is the only time in our lives that these two celebrations will converge. It won’t happen again for an estimated 79,000 years.
To celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights, a Hanukkah menorah, or hanukiah, will

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Corset diet could have negative effects, especially postpartum

Corset diet could have negative effects, especially postpartum

Lately, a trendy diet called the “corset diet” has women wearing tight-fitting wraps around their midsection in an effort to lose baby weight fast. But an OB/GYN at Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a warning for women looking to this quick fix for weight loss.
“Women who are wearing these corsets for hours at a time are

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Prostate cancer awareness month

Prostate cancer awareness month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 235,000 new prostate cancer cases will be documented this year. Urologists at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine urge men to discuss screening options with their health care providers before

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Ovarian cancer awareness month

Ovarian cancer awareness month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the ninth-most common cancer in American women. About 1 in 71 will contract ovarian cancer in their lifetime, and each year, more than 22,000 are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Each year, the health care specialists at the Alvin J. Siteman

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Celebrating Transplant Nurses Day

Celebrating Transplant Nurses Day

One of the premier transplant programs in the country, the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, has a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of patients and their families each year. What we do requires a team of very dedicated individuals. Today, in honor of Transplant Nurses Day, the Transplant Center leadership team would

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Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals are jointly offering two services open to the community to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both services – with the theme “Overcoming Inequity….Embracing Diversity” – will start with a musical prelude at 11:30 a.m.
The first service will begin at noon on Jan. 18 in the third floor

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The Great American Smokeout: A great day to kick the habit

The Great American Smokeout: A great day to kick the habit

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know today is the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout? Today’s the day for smokers across the nation to kick a habit that’s responsible for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.
One valuable resource for smokers who want to quit is the “Freedom from

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Flesh Eating Bacteria Not On Rise, Say Experts

Flesh Eating Bacteria Not On Rise, Say Experts

News of three patients diagnosed with flesh eating bacteria (technically necrotizing fasciitis) has garnered many headlines of late, but experts say there is nothing to be alarmed about.  It’s quite rare, occurring in around 500-1,500 patients annually in the United States, and that number is not on the rise.
However, there is more awareness of the

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Actress and Vocalist Minnie Driver to Perform Saturday at Annual "illumination" Gala — On Bad Ankle

We’re excited to welcome award winning actress and vocalist Minnie Driver this Saturday at our annual “illumination” gala. It’s a great event the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital hosts to raise money for cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center.
However, Driver won’t be dancing to any of the songs she’ll be performing this weekend. In

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Top Health Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore

Top Health Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore

Some people run to the doctor at the first sign of a sniffle. Others have to feel sick beyond belief before they’ll step into a doctor’s office.
But our bodies often give us signs that something inside has gone awry. What are the health warning signs you shouldn’t ignore? Our Joe Primrose, MD, talked about

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